The Washington Wizards could be expected to battle the Hawks with John Wall in the lineup — the Wizards play a strong Bulls-like defense and match up well with Atlanta. But even with Wall out (hand injury) the Wizards have held their own, entering a Game 5 in Atlanta with the series tied 2-2.
The team committing the fewest turnovers in this series has won three of the four games. Expect the trend to continue. In a Game 1 win (104-98) the Wizards committed just 6 turnovers to the Hawks 11. In a Game 2 loss (106-90) the Wizards recorded 16 turnovers to Hawks 10. Game 3 was the exception — the Wizards escaped with a 103-101 victory despite turning the ball over 13 times to the Hawks 10. But in the Game 4 loss, the Wizards committed 16 turnovers to the Hawks 13, losing 106-101.